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In the Wellington Region 60% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 26.2% were renting privately, and 6.1% were in social housing in 2018.
the Wellington Region's Housing Tenure data provides insights into its socio-economic status as well as the role it plays in the housing market. For example, a high concentration of private renters may indicate a transient area attractive to young singles and couples, while a concentration of home owners indicates a more settled area with mature families and empty-nester Household Summary. Tenure can also reflect built form (Dwelling Type), with a significantly higher share of renters in high density housing and a substantially larger proportion of home-owners in separate houses, although this is not always the case.
In conjunction with other socio-economic status indicators in the Wellington Region, Tenure data is useful for analysing housing markets, housing affordability and identifying public housing areas.
Please note: Due to the sourcing of some 2018 data for housing tenure from administrative records, there has been a drop in various "Not stated" categories between 2013 and 2018, and a corresponding increase in some of the characteristics. Users should take care in interpreting change in particular categories, as apparent increases may be a result of shifting non-response into response categories. For more information please see the Stats NZ pages on Tenure of Household.
Questions 5-9 on the Census Dwelling Form, tenure of household is used to determine if the household owns the dwelling, holds it in a family trust, or does not own the dwelling, and whether payment is made by the household and to whom.
|Tenure type||Number||%||North Island %||Number||%||North Island %||2013 to 2018|
|Renting - Social housing||11,295||6.1||5.7||9,303||5.3||4.8||+1,992|
|Renting - Private||48,540||26.2||27.6||41,943||23.8||23.7||+6,597|
|Renting - Unknown sector||51||0.0||0.0||2,685||1.5||2.0||-2,634|
|Other tenure type||13,317||7.2||9.6||7,740||4.4||5.8||+5,577|
|Not stated / included||48||0.0||0.0||9,339||5.3||6.6||-9,291|
Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of the Wellington Region in 2018 compared to North Island shows that there was a larger proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a larger proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a smaller proportion who were renters.
Overall, 25.5% of the population owned their dwelling; 35.0% were purchasing, and 32.3% were renting, compared with 24.2%, 32.8% and 33.3% respectively for North Island.
The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in the Wellington Region between 2013 and 2018 were:
The total number of households in Wellington Region increased by 9,252 between 2013 and 2018.
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